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Current Affairs: July 2019

  1. Arvind Kumar has been appointed as the new chief of the Intelligence Bureau (IB).
  2. Aparna Kumar has created history by becoming the first civil servant and IPS officer to achieve the incredible and rare feat of completing ‘7 Summits’ challenge.
  3. The first-ever International Security Alliance (ISA)’s joint security exercise titled ‘ISALEX19’ has kick-started in Abu Dhabi, the capital of United Area Emirates (UAE).
  4. The book titled ‘A Prime Minister to Remember- Memories of a Military Chief” has been authored by former Navy Chief Admiral Sushil Kumar. The book is about the huge impact that the late Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
  5. Indian Air Force (IAF) has signed an Rs 200 crore defence deal with Russia to acquire ‘Strum Ataka’ anti-tank missile for its fleet of Mi-35 attack choppers.
  6. Union Jal Shakti Minister Shri Gajendra Singh Shekhawat has recently launched the Jal Shakti Abhiyan – a campaign for water conservation and water security, with an emphasis on 1592 stressed blocks in 256 districts.
  7. The Indian passport has been ranked at the 86th position in the latest Henley Passport Index 2019.
  8. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has recently constituted a high-powered committee of Chief Ministers (CMs) for the transformation of agriculture and raising farmers’ income. The 9 member committee, headed by Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis, will suggest policy measures, attract investments and raise growth in food processing.
  9. The world’s largest ‘Sheikh Hasina National Burn and Plastic Surgery Institute’ has started functioning in Dhaka.
  10. The book titled ‘Whispers of Time’ has been authored by Dr Krishna Saksena.
  11. The historic walled city of Jaipur in Rajasthan has recently declared UNESCO World Heritage site.
  12. The ancient Mesopotamian city of Babylon has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  13. Former India captain Rahul Dravid has been appointed as Head of Cricket at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru.
  14. India’s first elephant rehabilitation centre will be set up by the Kerala Government in Kottoor.
  15. India’s first cow sanctuary – Kamdhenu Gau Abhyaranya, located in the Agar Malwa district of Madhya Pradesh, will be privatised.
  16. Anshula Kant, Managing Director of State Bank of India (SBI), has been appointed as MD and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the World Bank (WB).
  17. Novak Djokovic of Serbia defeated Roger Federer to win his 5th Wimbledon title.
  18. Simona Halep of Romania defeated Serena Williams to win the Ladies’ Singles tennis title at the 2019 Wimbledon Championships.
  19. The captain of the New Zealand, Kane Williamson has been adjudged player of the tournament at the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup for his excellent returns with the bat and inspiring leadership. Trophy was handed over by Sachin Tendulkar.
  20. On 14th July 2019, England (Captain: Eoin Morgan) lifted their first-ever ICC World Cup cricket trophy after defeating New Zealand in a nerve-wracking final that was decided via a dramatic Super Over in London.
  21. Ben Stokes of England was awarded the Man of the Match of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Final.
  22. ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Most wickets: Mitchell Starc (Aus) 27 wickets.
  23. ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Most runs Rohit Sharma (Ind) 648 runs in 9 matches.
  24. Meghalaya has become the first state in India to approve a draft water policy to address water issues.
  25. The critically acclaimed Bengali movie, Nagarkirtan has won the Best Feature Film award at the 9th edition of SAARC film festival 2019 in Colombo. The movie, which was directed by Kaushik Ganguly, has also won the ‘Best Director’, ‘Best Actor’ and ‘Best Original Score’ awards.
  26. The West Bengal government has observed the first-ever Save Water Day on 12th July 2019.
  27. Swarup Dutta (78), the veteran Bengali actor, has passed away on July 17, 2019. He had got his first break in Tapan Sinha’s ‘Apanjan’ (1968). Some of his best-known movies included ‘Sagina Mahato,’ ‘Harmonium’, ‘Pita Putra’ and ‘Maa o Meye’.
  28. Palau, an archipelago of over 500 islands in Oceania, has become the 76th signatory country to join the International Solar Alliance (ISA) Framework Agreement.
  29. The book titled ‘Kargil: Untold stories from the War’ has been authored by Rachna Bisht Rawat.
  30. WHO has declared the Ebola crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC).
  31. Sachin Tendulkar has been inducted into the International Cricket Council (ICC)’s Hall of Fame alongside South African pace legend Allan Donald.
  32. The International Cricket Council (ICC) has suspended Zimbabwe Cricket with immediate effect over violation of global body’s constitution which doesn’t allow any government intervention.
  33. The 2019 Durand Cup will be the 129th edition of the Durand Cup, which will be held in West Bengal from August 2 to 23. This will be for the first time that the tournament will be played outside New Delhi, its traditional venue.
  34. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has banned the manufacture, sale and distribution of Colistin and its formulations for food-producing animals, poultry, aqua farming and animal feed supplements.
  35. India has successfully launched its 2nd lunar mission Chandrayaan-2 on board its powerful rocket GSLVMkIII- M1 from Sriharikota to explore the uncharted south pole of the Moon by landing a rover. The lander ‘Vikram’, named after father of Indian space research programme Dr Vikram A Sarabhai, carrying the rover ‘Pragyan’.
  36. 4-day International Shark Meet 2019 is being held in Kochi.
  37. The book titled ‘Indo-Pak Relations: Beyond Pulwama and Balakot’ has been authored by Dr. U V Singh.
  38. Andhra Pradesh has become the first Indian State to reserve 75% jobs for local youths in all private industries.
  39. Boris Johnson, the former foreign secretary and London Mayor, has officially took over the charge as new British Prime Minister after Theresa May handed in her resignation to the Queen at Buckingham Palace.
  40. Priti Patel, a prominent member of the Back Boris campaign for the Conservative Party leadership, has become the Britain’s first Indian-origin home secretary.
  41. India has improved its rank by five places to stand at 52nd in the Global Innovation Index (GII) 2019.
  42. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has recently announced that Bengaluru-based educational technology and online tutorial firm Byju’s has replaced Chinese mobile manufacturer Oppo as the official Team India sponsor.
  43. The GST Council has decided to reduce GST Rate on Electrical Vehicles from 12% to 5% and on charger or charging stations for Electric vehicles from 18% to 5%.
  44. The third edition of Khelo India Youth Games (KIYG-2020) is scheduled to be held in Guwahati, Assam from 18th January 2020.
  45. On 30th July 2019, the Government of India has kick off the 7th Economic Census from Tripura. It will be launched in other states and union territories in August and September.
  46. Congress floor leader in the Lok Sabha, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury has been appointed chairman of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC).
  47. Rajiv Kumar has been appointed the new Finance Secretary.
  48. Pakistan has opened a 1,000-year-old Shawala Teja Singh Temple in eastern city Sialkot for worship for the first time since partition on the demand of the local Hindu community.
  49. On the occasion of 2019 International Tiger Day (ITD), Prime Minister Narendra Modi released the results of the 4th cycle of All India Tiger Estimation report 2018 in New Delhi. The count of tigers in India has risen to 2967 in 2018. Madhya Pradesh saw the highest number of tigers at 526, closely followed by Karnataka at 524 with Uttarakhand at 442. The Pench Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh recorded the highest number of tigers.
  50. Three-time MP from Dhanbad and founder of Marxist Coordination Committee, Arun Kumar Roy (90) passed away in Dhanbad.
  51. The Supreme Court has directed the Meghalaya government to pay Rs 100 crore as fine which is imposed by the NGT (National Green Tribunal) on January 4, 2019 for failing to curb illegal coal mining.
  52. Founder of popular South Indian food chain Saravana Bhavan, P Rajagopal (72), who was convicted in a murder case passed away due to a Heart attack in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
  53. Parliament passed the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill 2019. The bill criminalizes instant triple talaq among Muslims and attracts a jail term of three years for the husband.
  54. The United States (US) Secretary of State, Michael R. Pompeo visited India on 25-27 June 2019.
  55. Jagdeep Dhankhar became the 28th Governor of West Bengal.
  56. Tejendra Narayan Majumdar (Sarod) is one of the 11 eminent artists were awarded Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards.
  57. Hima Das won gold in Women’s 200 m 2019 Kutno Athletics Meet in Poland, Women’s 200m race in Kladno Memorial Athletics Meet 2019 in Czech Republic, Women’s 200m in Tabor Athletics Meet 2019 in the Czech Republic, Women’s 400m Championship in Prague, Czech Republic.
  58. Who Stole My Job’ book written by Sunil Mishra.
  59. US space agency NASA celebrated the moment astronauts landed on the moon for the first time 50 years ago on July 20, 1969.

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